EUGENE, Ore. – College of Charleston junior William Rainey (Charlotte, N.C.) turned in one of the top individual single-season performances in school history after closing out play at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at the Eugene Country Club on Monday.
He tied for 51st with rounds of 72, 68, 71 and a final-round 80 to finish at +11 for the tournament. Rainey was one of 48 Top-100 ranked players who made the cut to play in the 84-player individual championship field. He was also one of only two players, who advanced to nationals as the low individual at each of the six NCAA Regional sites, to move on to the final day of tournament play consisting of the nation’s top golfers from the SEC, Pac-12, Big 12 and Big Ten.
At the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional on May 18, Rainey became the first men’s golfer in program history and second men’s golfer in Colonial Athletic Association history to reach nationals as an individual. The Cougars previously made their first and only appearance at nationals as a team back in 2001.
No. 6-ranked and pre-tournament favorite Aaron Wise of Oregon won the individual championship title (-5), while No. 13-ranked Rico Hoey of Southern California was runner-up (-3).
“Obviously, William was disappointed in his round today,” CofC Head Coach Mark McEntire said. “However, the result does not dampen the year that he had and the team had. It was an unbelievable experience and something we will strive to get back here to do year after year. It was a great year and great tournament. We look forward to getting back here next year.”
The Cougars recorded another tremendous season under McEntire winning their third-straight Colonial Athletic Association title, making their sixth all-time NCAA Regional appearance and registering seven Top-5 finishes including two tournament wins – all in memory of their late teammate Jackson Moore.
Individually, Rainey turned in the second all-time lowest single-season stroke average (71.55) and won two tournament titles – The Invitational at The Ocean Course in the fall and the CAA Championship in the spring. He was named to the All-CAA First Team and CAA All-Academic Team.